Imperiums: Rome vs Carthage DLC

Some of you may remember a long time ago I reviewed Imperiums: Greek Wars Review which I had a good time with. They have recently released Their newest DLC which has added a ton of new content such as migrating tribes and new historical events along with much more. Check out the trailer below or find it on Steam. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Strategic Mind: Fight for Freedom Xbox Review

First, as always, I would like to thank the people over at Klabater for tossing me this one to review. Working with them is always great.

This review is going to be a little different than usual, I usually try to focus on the things I like about a game and only bring up the negative if I genuinely think they impact the ability to enjoy or play the game. This won’t change here, but there are a few key things I do think people need to know going into this.

Starting out do not do what I did at first, play the tutorials. Even with a wealth of experience to draw from this made things so much harder than they needed to be. From figuring out which buttons did what ( seriously the Y button to give orders? who does that) The game does a good job without it explaining how the game plays out however and why each unit should be used the way it should be.

Most of your time is spent here

The hexagonal battle screen works great for showing you where units are and choosing where you want them to be, but here is my first complaint and it is a big one. The writing is so small it seemed almost unreadable at times. I would often be unsure if I was missing important information.

This by no means made the game unplayable, but it definitely had moments of making me not want to. On the flip side having served in the military around artillery I can say from experience this game does artillery pretty well. The sound of it sailing over my infantry into cities to soften up targets for my bombers and later infantry was nothing short of spectacular.

This is important by the way because this is a war you are fighting. WW2 to be exact, and how you manage your troops and how you attack with them matters, and it feels like it. Leave your bombers unprotected and enemy fighters will shoot them down. Let your supply lines get taken out and it isn’t long before you find yourself without fuel. It also goes without saying you have scouts for a reason and you won’t want to find your infantry out in the open with tanks coming at you.

walk softly and bring a tank division

The graphics are also solid for what they are. Nobody plays these games hoping for a graphical masterpiece and you shouldn’t either. They do their job and they do them well. Units look nice, but the towns do leave something to be desired. I do appreciate the detail on the flags for each country. For the most part, however, one town was the same as another for me.

I won’t say this was a bad or a good game. It is a solid 7/10. It has a lot of great ideas and if you enjoy these games you will enjoy this. Most people won’t be into it tho and with the small writing and numbers, I have a hard time wanting to play it for long periods of time. I have certainly seen bigger offenders, but there shouldn’t be any. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Weedcraft Inc. Xbox Review

As always with these things I like to start out by saying thank you to the fine folks over at Klabater for tossing me a copy of this one to review. It is always appreciated and great to work with them.

Weedcraft Inc. as the name would lead you to believe is a game about learning to run a business about growing and selling that lovely Mary Jane. The ganja if you will. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is just a game for stoners however,this is a very solid and detailed simulator.

The game starts with you going home to your brother,a typical stoner with a plan after the passing of your brother. A man with some knowledge and seeds. You however are the man with the knowledge of running a business. Knowing you aren’t happy about having to drop out of school he pitches the idea that this is how you will keep the lights on. Don’t worry,it’s medicinal, as long as you sell it at the market.

You will start out with a single strain of regular weed you are growing under a busted lamp with poor soil to some homeless men at the market from your stall. The game does a solid job of teaching you the ropes a little bit at a time. For example your new friend Bump that has been in the business awhile will explain that if you change the nitrogen and phosphorus levels amongst other things your weed will increase in quality and can be sold for more.

It won’t be long before you can buy new strains and better soil and sell to new clients. New clients want better and different products like Northern Lights or Haze. These better products sell for more but require more attention and better set ups.

Graphically the game is nothing amazing and it doesn’t need to be. Each plant looks different and it’s nice to watch cars drive around and wonder what the police cars will do when they drive past your house and you are illegally selling weed out of it. It may be legal to sell at the market,but it’s not legal to sling it from home but you can still do it.

It is also great to watch as you run other businesses out of town,which is something you will have to do because you aren’t alone. Others will attempt to move in and steal your clients.

Another thing to be noted,the sound is top notch for what the game is. I’ve hung out with stoners and the music in the game reminds me of some of the stuff I’ve heard them listen to.

Last but not least the reason you are here. Is the game worth playing? Absolutely. As a fan of these games I highly recommend this one. While the game can be repetitive at times and the controls take a bit of getting used to, I enjoyed my time with the game so far. I say so far because I will be continuing to play it. 8/10, best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

The Legend of Heroes Trails From Zero Review

As always a huge thank you to NIS America for hooking us up with a copy of this one to review. It is greatly appreciated.

A little background real quick, as the name says this is a trail of heroes game connected to the other games with the same name you may be more familiar with, Cold Steel. This one takes place 3 months after Trails in the Sky the 3rd and is the first game in what is known as “The Crossbell arc.” This game actually runs at the same time as the first two games in what is known as the “Erbonia Arc” which is also thought of as the main Cold Steel games.

Now that everyone is caught up with the when everything is happening we can get into what’s important. Was it worth the wait to finally get this game in the west, as it was only ever officially released in Japan. Short answer, yes. Long answer? Definitely yes.

The combat is nothing new,and it wouldn’t be. The game was originally released in I think it was 2010 in Japan. It is a standard RPG, you travel around see monsters and try to either avoid them or sneak up on them. This will bring you into a battle with grid based movement that is turned based. We have all been there before,but it is done very well.

Graphically it has been updated but it won’t be winning any awards and the same goes for the sound. My only real issue is there are some quality of life improvements on the PC and Nintendo switch versions that simply don’t exist on the PS4 version. Nothing huge honestly,just some UI options and such so it isn’t a deal breaker but it is still a bit annoying that they couldn’t make it happen for everyone.

All in all I have no real complaints about this one. Some of the gameplay feels a little dated at times, because the game is 12 years old. However any RPG fan will enjoy this one and fans of the Trails series need to check this one out. A solid 8/10. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

This ‘Hocus Pocus’ Yahtzee Game Is a No.1 Bestseller on Amazon Ahead of Sequel Release

Sarah Jessica Parker reprises her iconic role as Sarah Sanderson in “Hocus Pocus 2” next week, and brands have already capitalized on the anticipated release with their own product launches inspired by the Sanderson Sisters.  Starting today, fans can buy a “Hocus Pocus”-themed version of the beloved Yahtzee dice game, which comes with spells and…

This ‘Hocus Pocus’ Yahtzee Game Is a No.1 Bestseller on Amazon Ahead of Sequel Release

WARHAMMER 40,000: DARKTIDE,CLOSED BETA

For those that are following Darktide or are just fans of the Warhammer series in general they are holding a closed BETA you can get involved with https://www.playdarktide.com/ I don’t know all the details of the game as I am not a huge fan, but I hope some of you guys enjoy it. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Hardspace: Shipbreaker Lands on Xbox Series X|S & PlayStation 5 Today!

Many of you may remember me reviewing this when it hit early access on PC a number of years ago (and I will review the console version) and today you can enjoy it on PS5 or on Xbox (including GamePass) so enjoy the trailer below and check the game out. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Suikoden I&II HD Remaster Gate Rune and Dunan Unification WarsAnnounced for 2023!

Many of us have waited years for news about the Suikoden series and have long since given up hope. Even some of the original creators have moved on to a new title, one of which I have reviewed. Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising Review and it was great. Their game coming next year will probably be fantastic, and I have zero doubt see the reception it received forced Konami to move.

That brings us to what appears to be this beautiful remaster of Suikoden 1 and 2. It is worth noting that the original character designer Junko Kawano is reworking the sprites in this remaster and is also involved in Eiyuden Chronicles. They have also improved the Japanese translation which anyone that has played the originals will tell you is badly needed. UI and environment are also added or enhanced with things like footsteps, water sounds, and insects. Enjoy many photos below and may the gaming gods bring you glory.